Haydn Porteous, Zander Lombard and Anthony Wall are the latest names to qualify for the hotly anticipated 2016 British Open after an exciting week of tournament action at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington in South Africa.
Local favourite Porteous secured his maiden victory on the European Tour in January after firing a final round of 69 to finish 18-under-par for the week at Joburg Open, which was the third Qualifying Series event for the British Open. The 21-year-old will compete in his first ever Major Championship at Royal Troon in July.
Porteous said: “It’s a dream for any golfer out there, through junior golf, amateur golf and professional golf. It’s the best of the best, even to go to The Open and watch is a big thing. To get into The Open on merit is just a dream come true.”
Fellow South African Zander Lombard also earned a place in the Open, alongside 40-year-old Englishman Anthony Wall, who will play in the prestigious event for the second year in a row. Wall also secured his birth in last year’s British Open with a second-place finish in South Africa and can now look forward to a seventh appearance in the world’s oldest event.
Wall said that he considers himself “lucky” to have the opportunity to play in “the greatest event in the world again.” As was the situation last year, this year he finished second and gained a spot “right on the nail.” He added: “It’s the greatest honour a golfer can have. It’s the greatest place to play golf.”
Porteous’ victory on home soil was the second by a South African on the European Tour this year following Brandon Stone’s impressive triumph in the BMW SA Open. The Open Qualifying Series will now move to Japan where four places will be up for grabs at the Mizuno Open in May.